Each season offers inspiration for decorating our homes—winter lends its icy blue and snowy white, spring blushes in airy pastels and summer fairly bursts with verdant color. But autumn gives us a truly lush palette to work with. Here are just a few ideas to introduce a bit of autumn into your décor.
1. Liven up neutral furniture with colorful, homemade throw pillows. By using rich fall colors in a variety of fabrics, you can create a design with real interest, warmth and impact. Applique, stripe or patch the fabrics to suit your mood and the overall theme of your room. Visit your fabric or discount store to buy ready-made pillow forms, or recover one of your old pillows to give it new life.
2. Anyone can be an artist with this cool idea. Purchase a large canvas,the kind artists use that's already mounted on a stretcher frame. Your local craft store should have these on hand. Then using blue painter's tape, mark off a random geometric grid of squares and rectangles. Using the colors already in your room, paint the inside of each with one of those shapes with one of the colors. Tip: wall paint works just as well as artist's paint, so using leftover wall paint is a thrifty choice, or you can pick up some small sample jars of paint at your local paint store. When your artwork is dry, remove the tape and you'll have a sophisticated, put-together painting that really looks like it belongs in the room.
3. Buy fabric remnants in a variety of fall colors and textures (maybe the same as you used in your pillow project - #1, above), mount them on backer board and frame them. Use plain, low-profile frames to hang them as a grouping and create the illusion of a single large piece, or use ornate frames and hang them around the room for eye-popping appeal. Fabric art will lend a decadent, sophisticated look to the room without spending a fortune.
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